Is Windows Phone a viable business platform?

The Windows Phone platform has been growing slowly but surely over the past few years, but is it yet a viable platform for enterprising start-ups and can it provide a financially viable business model?

We intend to find out at this year’s Windows Phone Developer day with some real world examples of businesses making their mark on the platform.

Dave Hamilton runs Pepper, a live music social network which started out on Windows Phone and has recently ported to iPhone as well. Dave will share his experiences of building for Windows Phone and Windows 8 and sharing assets between platforms.

Alan Mendelevich is the founder of AdDuplex a cross-promotion platform for Windows Phone and Windows 8. Alan will be sharing his insights into promotion and monetisation of apps.

James Mundy successfully navigated the AppCampus funding program to help with the launch of his app Foundbite. James will be sharing details on the program and how it’s helped him get to where he is today.

It’s not too late to grab a ticket, so go sign up now!

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WPDD Speaker Announcement: Matt Lacey

Our final speaker for Saturday (yes, it’s this Saturday), is Matt Lacey.

Matt has been building mobile applications for a number of years for various platforms, and he will be imparting some of those years’ of experience in a talk designed to help those moving to Windows Phone development from another platform.

Matt can be found on twitter at @mrlacey

SL

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WPDD Speaker Announcement: Alan Mendelevich

Our penultimate speaker announcement, and I’m really pleased to announce this, we have Alan Mendelevich coming! Alan is the founder of AdDuplex, the cross-promotion platform for Windows Phone (and Windows 8).

Alan will be giving a talk on promotion and monetisation for your app so you can make the best possible chances with your app to get it seen by the masses. This will be good for newcomers and seasoned developers alike, and personally speaking [Scott here], I’m quite looking forward to this one.

Alan can be found on twitter at @ailon.

SL

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WPDD Speaker Announcement: Dave Hamilton

We’re in full flow now with our speaker announcements, and this week’s announcement is for Dave Hamilton. Dave is the founder and CTO of Pepper, a live music social network.

Dave will be familiar to anyone who came to last year’s WPDD where he did a talk on their approach, architecture and rationale for choosing to work with Windows Phone. This time Dave will be doing a talk about building apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8 and how they can share code.

Dave can be found on twitter at @daveh101.

SL

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WPDD Speaker Announcement: Dave Crawford

We’re in full flow of announcing our speakers now, and next is Dave Crawford (aka @ThatUXGuy).

Dave is Senior Microsoft UX Consultant and lead designer in UK Windows Phone and Windows 8 Centre of Excellence and as such, he will be giving a talk on design for Windows Phone and how you can really make your apps feel at home on Windows Phone.

So if you’re new to Windows Phone, or you need a brush up in your UX knowledge, this will be the talk to see (personally speaking, I take something from Dave’s talks every time I see him do one – SL)

Dave can be found on twitter at @ThatUXGuy

SL

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WPDD Speaker Announcement: Richard Conway

AMSNext up on our roster of speaker announcements is Richard Conway (aka @azurecoder).

As his twitter handle will give away, Richard is a Windows Azure guy and he will be coming to WPDD to talk about Windows Azure Mobile Services, what it offers to mobile developers (not just Windows Phone!) and more.

If you wanted to know more about what Microsoft’s cloud service can offer you as a mobile developer, you’ll want to hear this talk.

Richard can be found on twitter at @azurecoder and blogs about Azure over at http://azurecoder.azurewebsites.net/

Scott

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WPDD Speaker Announcement: James Mundy

It’s about time we started telling you all who the great speakers are that we’ve got for WPDD, so we’ll start with James Mundy.

James is the founder and main developer at Mendzapp who are currently writing the Foundbite app. He will be giving a talk on the AppCampus funding program and what it’s all about and what it provides developers.

James can be found on twitter at @mendzappJames.

Scott

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And we’re back…

So after a year long hiatus Scott and I finally came around to the discussion of another Windows Phone day in Bournemouth. Last year’s was a great success and everyone seemed to enjoy it so we always intended to give it another go.

Scott is now working at the Mothership (Microsoft, Reading) and by chance I had a meeting just up the road so we met up for lunch a couple of weeks ago and agreed another Windows Phone day was a good idea. Scott being ideally placed to get hold of some great speakers and me being, well just enthusiastic really, we set the ball rolling.

David at the ever accommodating RedWeb has allowed us to hijack their fantastic Loading Bar again (as well as make sure the fridges are stocked ;) ) which served us well last year so the date is set.

Windows Phone Dev Day 2 will be held in Bournemouth on 31st August 2013, and will of course be completely free to attend. We hope to see you there and stay tuned for more exciting announcements…

Go sign up now!

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WPDD South – Wrap up

Well, it’s been almost a month since we held the inaugural Windows Phone Dev Day South back in July and what a great event it turned out to be. From humble beginnings as a couple of windows phone geeks organising a get together to what turned out to be a full on Windows Phone mini-conference on a gloriously sunny day at the seaside!

A massive thanks to everyone who came along and participated in the event (around 40 of us in total!) and particularly to the speakers for giving their time and sharing their experiences.

Our Apps

We showed and discussed a handful of apps developed by attendees, below lists all of the apps, their authors and links to the marketplace:

The Sessions

After a brief welcome and demo of apps we moved onto the days presentations.

Dan Thomas – My First Windows Phone App

The theme of this talk was to dive in and have a go. Taking the “If I can do it anyone can” route and sharing some learnings along the way. Even by building and releasing a simple throw-away app the experience gained by going through the process is invaluable and puts you in good stead for future projects.

Slides

Scott Lovegrove – Sketchflow

Scott shared with us the benefits Sketchflow can bring to Windows Phone prototyping and development process and how quickly you can get up and running without having to throw away your efforts. Scott had prepared a sample twitter client and demonstrated the process of converting from mock ups to app.

Slides

David Hamilton – Windows Phone and Azure

David is at the Helm of Pepper, a social music platform initially focused on Windows Phone. He shared their approach, architecture and rationale for choosing to work with Windows Phone.

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Robert and Rich – WPCentral

The WPCentral guys, being the on the pulse kinda chaps that they are, were out in force and shared their intricate knowledge of Windows Phone media coverage. They offered advice and tips of how to get noticed and what makes a news-worthy app.

Hermit Dave – Windows 8 dev for Windows phone developers

Hermit’s talk compared common Windows Phone tools and techniques with their new Windows 8 counterparts. He offered very clear comparisons and also gave insight into new features in Windows 8. He also triggered some interesting discussion around XNA.

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Henry and Ahmed – Angry Mango

Angry Mango are the team behind the award winning Windows Phone game Mush. Henry and Ahmed gave us insight into the creative and technical production process of Mush. They also shared their experiences of being included under the Microsoft Game Studios umbrella.

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Paul Foster – Microsoft

Paul closed out the day with a fantastic summary of the latest announcements from Microsoft. Topics included Windows 8, Surface and Windows Phone 8. Paul’s round up was well received as we had a number of people who were not already familiar with the upcoming releases.

Shout outs

After the presentations were finished we had a few announcements to share:

  • Thanks to @Redweb and the team for hosting the venue and looking after us all, they did a phenomenal job.
  • Matt Lacey (@mrlacey) organises the Windows Phone User Group who meet every month in London, follow @wpug.
  • Jonathan Ginn (@jonginn) is working on an upcoming game hack day, follow him to keep informed.

Event write ups

We’ve had a couple of glowing reviews of the day by attendees, cheers guys!

What next?

Scott and I were very happy with the event and the overwhelming feedback from the day was that more events like this would be welcome. There was a fairly even split as to whether another all-day event or a shorter evening user group type would be better. Whatever format we end up with, rest assured we’ll be doing something soon. So watch this space!

If you have any ideas, would like to present at a future event or any other feedback let us know :)
@dannyt and @scottisafool

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